Glass Houses That Will Shatter Your Expectations

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Leave the price-range box blank when you surf real estate listings, and you'll see some serious embarrassments of riches: mansions of mind-boggling size that sprawl tens of thousands of square feet or houses built with outrageously expensive materials and finishes. In their over-the-top grandiosity, these houses almost seem to taunt their middle-class counterparts.

But there are some pricey houses that manage to avoid irking the 99%. These are homes whose aesthetics are enough to earn the envy of even the most ardent of Occupy Wall Street protesters ("whoa dude, far out..."). Leveraging the beauty of their surroundings, many glass houses fit this profile to a T. View our gallery to see glass houses that will shatter your expectations.

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Glass Houses That Will Shatter Your Expectations

Leave the price-range box blank when you surf real estate listings, and you'll see some serious embarrassments of riches: mansions of mind-boggling size that sprawl tens of thousands of square feet or houses built with outrageously expensive materials and finishes. In their over-the-top grandiosity, these houses almost seem to taunt their middle-class counterparts.

But there are some pricey houses that manage to avoid irking the "99 percent." These are homes whose aesthetics are enough to earn the envy of even the most ardent of Occupy Wall Street protesters ("whoa dude, far out..."). Leveraging the beauty of their surroundings, many glass houses fit this profile to a T. View our gallery to see glass houses that will shatter your expectations.

Location: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Price: $10.8 million
Beds/Baths: 5/8
Sq. Ft.: 9,385

This masterpiece is a whopping 9,385 square feet and overlooks Lake Hollywood through retractable walls of glass. The home offers a gourmet kitchen, screening room and massage room.

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The home also includes an amenity-packed master suite constructed of glass and wood. Outside are enclosed gardens, "outdoor rooms," cantilevered decks, an infinity pool and an open sky terrace. 

See images of these otherworldly features

Location: Santa Barbara, Calif. 
Price: $19.995 million
Beds/Baths: 5/6
Sq. Ft.: 13,875

The listing touts this single-story home as a landmark in modernist architecture. Sited on 3 1/2, oak-dotted acres, the structure contains 14,000 square feet and boasts a giant wine room, grand hallway and art gallery.

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Mountains and hills loom in every view outside the home's walls of glass. The structure also houses a massive garage capable of holding up to 32 cars. 

See the listing for more details. 

Location: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Price: $2.85 million
Beds/Baths: 3/3
Sq. Ft.: 3,000

This brand new stunner commands panoramic views of Los Angeles, Calif. It comes with a game room and swimming pool in addition to three bedrooms and bathrooms all dressed in contemporary decor. 

View stunning shots of this home's interior

Location: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Price: $2.3 million
Beds/Baths: 3/3
Sq. Ft.: 1,994 

This otherworldly cube of steel and glass was the final house built by esteemed architect Pierre Koenig. And if you take a look at the place, known as the "Michael Gantert Residence," you'll see that Koenig finished with a flourish.

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Marvelously cantilevered over its slope, the home, which was built in 1981, appears to hover above ground when viewed from Hollywood Boulevard, creating just the sort of effect -- achieved through delicate cooperation between nature and architecture -- that distinguished Koenig's work.

See more images or read a full profile of the home

Location: Laguna Beach, Calif. 
Price: $5.995 million
Beds/Baths: 3/4
Sq. Ft.: 2,470

This recently remodeled beach house perches over the Pacific, offering magnificent, uninterrupted vistas. The home boasts imported stone flooring, an oceanfront terrace and a gourmet kitchen along with other features. 

See what else this oceanfront contemporary brings to its promontory

All day long, waves crash against the base of the cliffs below this home. And with all its glass walls, they're almost always in view. 

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Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. 
Price: $6.995 million
Beds/Baths: 5/7
Sq. Ft.: 7,500

This home is the "1st Green city project" of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., according to the listing. And, as images of the residence make clear, it certainly appears to fit that role: Its roof is blanketed in solar panels and its glass walls invite the woodsy surroundings inside.  

You need to see it to believe it

Nestled into groves of trees, on a plateau that overlooks the city, the home offers complete privacy and panoramas of mountains, canyons, the ocean and the city. There's a four-car garage and a reflecting pool that encircles the house. And don't forget the last perk: The home is close to the Trump National Golf Club. The home is scheduled to finish construction on Nov. 11.

Location: York, Maine
Price: $4.5 million
Beds/Baths: 4/5
Sq. Ft.: 2,877

Perched over the Atlantic, this home commands breathtaking views that span five different lighthouses dotting the cost. Inside awaits an elaborately designed interior. 

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The home boasts vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling high-end finishes. Pictured here is a glass-enclosed pool with views to die for. 

See what else this home has to offer.

Location: Crystal Bay, Nev. 
Price: $43 million
Beds/Baths: 4/5
Sq. Ft.: 8,694

Thought California or New England coastline was about as pricey as it got? Well, it turns out that Nevada waterfront can cost you a pretty penny too -- like $43 million.

See why it carries such a hefty price tag

The home was completed only a year ago. Currently, each square foot will cost you $4,946. Considering the sluggish market, don't be surprised if that number comes down a bit. 

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Location: San Diego, Calif. 
Price: $19.388 million
Beds/Baths: 4/6
Sq. Ft.: 11,000

As much a work of sculpture as a house, "The Razor" sits hollowed into a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla. From its perch above Black's Beach -- reputed to be the largest nude beach in the world -- it also offers uninterrupted panoramas of the ocean and the craggy, pine-blanketed mountains of California's Torrey Pines State Reserve. The home is named for one of the natural sandstone monuments that rises along the coast.

View some jaw-dropping images of "The Razor."

The home's listing price has taken a nosedive over the last few years, plummeting from $45 million to its current $19.388 million ask. "It's a steal," said listing agent Bob Hurwitz. "It shows what you can buy right now in the market on the high end."

See what he's talking about.

Location: Laguna Beach, Calif. 
Price: $9.995 million
Beds/Baths: 4/5
Sq. Ft.: 5,300

This oceanfront double-decker floats over a white sand beach. Nearly cantilevered over its cliffside perch, the home is contemporary in style and boasts a magnificent underground garage that connects to the house through a tunnel with ocean views. 

See AOL Real Estate's full profile of this exceptional home. 


The 5,300-square home has four bedrooms and was built in 2004. There are premium fixtures and custom finishes throughout. The home has a gourmet Gaggenau kitchen, office, meditation area, family room (with fireplace) and game room. 

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Location: Manhattan Beach, Calif. 
Price: $3.6 million
Beds/Baths: 3/4
Sq. Ft.: 3,643 

Listed for sale at $3.6 million, the 3,643-square-foot contemporary home is perched on a corner lot and has become a local landmark. Custom steel beams support vaulted ceilings and the open-floor-plan interior. 

See AOL Real Estate's full profile of the home

The glass has a U-shaped interior above a sheltered courtyard. The fingers of the U-layout, with their floor-to-ceiling glass, are reminiscent of airport loading walkways. 

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Location: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Price: $4.995 million 
Beds/Baths: 5/4
Sq Ft: N/A

Nestled into Hollywood Hills, this gleaming architectural feat could be one of the oldest glass houses out there: it was erected all the way back in 1972. The gated two-story home offers city and ocean views. Special features include a pool, office and guesthouse. 

See the rest of 'em by viewing a gallery of the home. 

The interior boasts a triumvirate of luxury flooring: the buyer will spend his leisure time walking on carpet, marble and tile.

See the listing for more details. 

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